|Title:||Coogan, James to Coogan, William, 1879|
|Sender Occupation||railway worker|
|Origin||Lincoln, Illinois, USA|
|Destination||Harlem, NYC, USA|
|Genre||correspondence, gratitude for the gifts, greetings|
March 23rd, 1879
Dear Brother William,
Now as the ice is broken I write to you to let you know that I am still on the land of the living and in good health hoping this may find all of you enjoying that great boon for without it all would be worthless.
Dear William, I would have wrote to you but I was waiting to hear from Michael. I received a letter from him a few days ago (please accept this as my excuse). He says he never was in better health and wishes to be remembered to you all. I wish to excuse Tom for not stating in his letter that we received the picture and harmonica which you were so kind to send at Christmas. He had forgot all about them at the time of writing. They came alright.
Dear William, please tell my mother that the children all send her their best wishes and wishes to be remembered to her, and Kate in particular wishes to be remembered to her grandmother that she says she was called after. Send me word how James Shean and his better half is. Give him my best respects and also friends that you would think would wish to hear from me. Tell Patt and his family that I send them my best respects. Send me word if his daughter is yet married. Send me word also how [Mrs.] Doyle's family is getting along and also John Meany and John Byrnes and if last not least Mr. Sexton and his children, give him my best respects. Now Dear William, I think it is time to bring this to a close for this time.
I remain as ever dear William, your loving brother James Coogan. God be with you all.